by Jonathan Vatner | February 01, 2010

In tough economic times, tuxedoes can look anachronistic. Scale down the formality of a posh event, and the savings will add up. Guests in formal attire expect finer cuisine than those in their work clothes, says Greg Jenkins, partner of the Long Beach, Calif-based Bravo Productions. Also, he notes, if you can get by with a lunch event instead of dinner, the food will cost less, and guests will drink less. 562) 435-0065;